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On behalf of our staff, we are very excited to welcome your child to our schools and district. I hope that the information on this page is helpful for you in the registration process. There are some requirements in terms of documents and paper work and those requirements are outlined on this page. The principal at your child’s catchment school (the school that serves the neighborhood where you live) will be happy to help you navigate the process if you have any questions. You may also contact the School Board Office at 604-892-5228.
 
Welcome to Sea to Sky schools!
 
 
- Paul Lorette, Assistant Superintendent
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New Registration for the 2021-2022 school year opens Tuesday, January 19th, 2021. 

 

Please see below for specific instructions on how to register your child.

 
 

Students must be registered in person by a parent or guardian and the following original documentation must be presented at the time of registration:

 

  1. Proof of British Columbia residency;
  2. Student’s BC Care Card;
  3. Student’s official Birth Certificate;
  4. Immunization records;
  5. Immigration / Citizenship / Permanent Resident documentation, if applicable;
  6. Student’s last Report Card, if available; and,
  7. Legal guardian, custody or court order document, if applicable.
 

NOTE: We do require these documents for registration and if you have lost them or don’t have them at the moment, please discuss with the school principal and they will assist you in making a plan and timeline to obtain the proper documents to complete the registration. Proof of residency could include the following documents: (hydro or phone bills, rental agreement, driver’s license, etc.).

 
If you have questions regarding our registration process, please refer to Policy 501 Student Registration Enrolment and Placement.

 

Parents/Guardians must register at their catchment-area school and provide:

  • Original birth certificate to verify your child will be 5 years old on or before December 31, 2021
  • Care Card
  • Confirmation of residence
  •  Immunization Records (if available)
  • Completed Student Registration Form
 
Squamish Elementary and Garibaldi Highlands Elementary are welcoming Kindergarten and grade 1 registrations for Early French Immersion on Tuesday, January 19th, 2021 at 8:30 am.
 
SAVE THE DATE!
Parent infortmation session for Squamish area kindergaten and grade 1 French Immersion will be held via Zoom on Tuesday, January 12th at 6:00 pm. Stay tuned for more information. 
 
Parents/Guardians of both Kindergarten and new grade 1 French Immersion students must register at their French Immersion catchment school and provide:
 
  • Original birth certificate to verify your child will be 5 years old on or before December 31, 2021 (for kindergarten) or 6 years old on or before December 31, 2021 (for grade 1)
  • Care Card
  • Confirmation of residence
  • Immunization Records (if available)
  • Completed Student Registration Form
 
When you have been accepted to a program, you need to fill in the French Immersion Parent Accept/Withdraw Form, confirming that you will either accept or withdraw your child’s place.
 
Note: All programs of choice (Early French Immersion, Cultural Journeys & Late French Immersion) registrations will be placed on a waitlist until availability of space is confirmed at each site. Students will be accepted on a first come, first served basis.
 

 

Registration for Grade 5 Late French Immersion in Whistler and Pemberton opens on February 19th, 2021 at 8:30 am.

Parents/Guardians students must register at their French Immersion catchment school. Click here for SD48 Catchment Areas >>

Stay tuned for information on Parent Information Sessions for the September, 2021 school year, typically  held in February.

Pemberton Whistler
When: TBD When: TBD
Where: Signal Hill Elementary School Spring Creek Community School
Time: TBD Time: TBD

 

Note: All programs of choice (Early French Immersion, Cultural Journeys & Late French Immersion) registrations will be placed on a waitlist until availability of space is confirmed at each site. Students will be accepted on a first come, first served basis.

 

Cultural Journeys at Stawamus is a Program of Choice that will be accepting Kindergarten registrations for students across the district. For more information, please contact the school at 604-892-5904.

Parents/Guardians must register at Stawamus School and provide:

  • Original birth certificate to verify your child will be 5 years old on or before December 31, 2021
  • Care Card
  • Confirmation of residence
  • Immunization Records (if available)
  • Completed Student Registration Form
 

Note: All programs of choice (Early French Immersion, Cultural Journeys & Late French Immersion) registrations will be placed on a waitlist until availability of space is confirmed at each site. Students will be accepted on a first come, first served basis.

 

Parents/Guardians must register at their catchment-area school and provide:

  • Original birth certificate 
  • Care Card
  • Confirmation of residence
  • Student’s last report card
  • Immunization records (if available)
  • Completed Student Registration Form

 

If you wish your child to attend a non-catchment school, they will be considered subject to the availability of space and facilities at the school requested.

Parents/Guardians must still register at their catchment-area school and provide:

 

If you wish your child to attend one of our district schools — and you live out-of-district — your child will be considered subject to the availability of space and facilities at the school requested.

Parents/Guardians must register at the requested school and provide:

 

The School Act states that parents/guardians must enroll their child in an educational program, provided by a Board of Education, on the first school day of a school year if, on or before December 31st of that school year, their child will have reached the age of 5 years.

The School Act also states that parents/guardians, of a child this age, may defer the enrolment of their child until the first school day of the next school year.

As you consider what is best for your child, please note that the Ministry of Education recently shared the statistic that students are 15% less likely to graduate on time if they are held back before grade 5. 

If you are wishing to delay school enrollment for your five year old child, we request that you meet with your child’s catchment area school principal and the Director of Instruction: Learning Services. We encourage you to take this opportunity for a meaningful consultation regarding the programming we provide in Kindergarten, future placement and educational considerations, and also the program you would be providing at home, if you elect for that choice. This conversation would include, but not be limited to:

  • Understanding a Play Based Learning Environment
  • Social emotional learning strategies
  • Personalization of learning strategies and individual education planning
  • Supports available if at school
  • Supports and resources available if your child stays home
  • Placement considerations when returning to school
  • Educational considerations resulting from a one-year delayed entry
 

We appreciate you taking the time to meet with us for this important discussion, so you can make the most informed decision for your child.

Upon returning your child to school following a delayed entry year, it will be presumed that your child will be placed in grade 1 with their age group peers. Should you wish, at this point, to have a Kindergarten entry considered for your child, it is required that you meet with your child’s catchment area school principal and the Director of Instruction: Learning Services.

According to the MoE, you are 15% less likely to graduate on time if you are held back before grade 5. 

 

Students in the Graduation Program (grades 10 to 12) may enrol exclusively in Sea to Sky Online or cross-enrol between their local school for in-class instruction and Sea to Sky Online for some of their courses.

The Ministry of Education’s Distributed Learning Policy states that students enrolled in Kindergarten to grade 9 are full time students and the online learning:

  • may learn at home;
  • are enrolled in a public school;
  • are obligated to meet prescribed learning standards and/or outcomes in Provincial or Board/Authority Approved courses;
  • must use only learning resources recommended by the Ministry of Education or approved by the Board;
  • must have a teacher certified by the BC Teacher Regulation Branch leading their educational program, including assignment and assessment of activities;
  • are issued formal student progress reports by the online school; and,
  • participate in provincial assessments (Foundation Skills Assessment and provincial graduation assessments).

In this option students enroll with Sea to Sky Online (SSO) intending to remain in the program for the duration of the school year or longer. Students are supervised at home by their parent or guardian and the education program is developed and supported online by an SD48 teacher through:

  • a personalized student learning plan;
  • regular contact (google classroom, email, etc.);
  • weekly face to face contact online; and,
  • monthly in person meetings in your community.

 

Kindergarten to grade 9 Sea to Sky Online Registration Procedures

In order to register your Kindergarten to grade 9 child as a Sea to Sky Online student please go to the Sea to Sky Online website to see student registration details. Please note that should you wish to return your child to their local school mid-year, their return would be contingent upon space being available at that time.


If a student enrolled in Grades K-7 chooses to take part of an educational program through more than one school, boards of education may make their own arrangements for shared services as long as no tuition fees are charged to the student. Students in Grade 8 and 9 may cross enroll with Sea to Sky Online. They can enroll in grade 8 and 9 courses through SSO. The registration process for students enrolled in more than one education program will be coordinated by their school  principal.

 

For more information, please refer to Policy 506 Home Education.

 

NOTE: Should a student wish to return to their local school mid-year, their return would be contingent upon space being available at that time.

Homeschooling is an alternative method of teaching offered outside the B.C. educational system as an educational program provided to a child by a parent, not under the supervision or direction of a qualified teacher. The parent must deliver the entire educational program to their child at home. Homeschooling is not the same as distributed learning. Distributed learning programs or courses are taught by qualified persons who are certified by the Ministry’s Teacher Regulation Branch.
Steps for registering for Homeschooling

Step 1:
Step 2:Meet with your child’s school Principal to: 
  • ensure you understand the alternatives for having your child educated at home (SSO);
  • review the SD48 Homeschool Policy and current provincial policies; and,
  • discuss the resources and supports available to your child while being Homeschooled.
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Step 3:Register your child for Homeschooling:
 
For more information, please refer to Policy 506 Home Education.
 
NOTE: Should a student wish to return to their local school mid-year, their return would be contingent upon space being available at that time.
StrongStart registration is from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm, September 3-6, 2020. Proof of age (birth certificate) is required. This drop-in program, designed for 3 and 4-year-olds, begins the second week of school. Children 0-5 years are welcome! StrongStart Centres are located at Valleycliffe Elementary, Squamish Elementary, and Signal Hill Elementary. Children must attend with a parent or caregiver. This program is free.